Monthly Archives: March 2015

Breakers by Numbers following Grand Final success

10997774_798477266854593_4664010133442048066_n So, the SKY CITY Breakers entered the play-offs with little winning momentum having lost four of their last six regular season games. Two of those losses were at home against eventual play-off opposition Adelaide and Cairns.

So much for the theory of momentum as the Adelaide 36ers were swept 2-0 and the Cairns Taipans were given the same treatment.

Below are some numbers you may not have known or simply forgotten:

5  The number of NBL titles won by Mika Vukona in the last 7 years. His first title was with South Dragons in 2009. We all know what has happened since.

5  The number of times the Taipans had beaten the Breakers in the last 6 meetings prior to the Grand Final series.

7  The number of opposition courts on which victories were recorded in the season. The first season that the Breakers had beaten every opponent on their own court in the regular season.

9  The number of consecutive play-off victories recorded by the Breakers. Last defeat was Grand Final Game 2, 87-86 in Perth in April 2012.

10  The number of consecutive games Adelaide had won prior to the semi-final series. The Breakers won by 29 and 11.

22  The record number of play-off games played for the Breakers by Vukona and Abercrombie.

47.1  Tom Abercrombie’s 3 Points %, shooting 49 from 104 attempts. Second in the NBL. In addition Corey Webster shot a very handy 42% (71/169), 5th in NBL.

59.6  Ekene Ibekwe’s shooting %, he led the NBL in Field Goal % – 152 from 255. Interestingly Alex Pledger was second in the League on 56.4%.

150  Alex Pledger played his 150th game for the Breakers in Grand Final game 2.

193  Cedric Jackson led the NBL in assists dishing them off at 6.0 per game.

4,095  The crowd for Grand Final Game 2 at North Shore Events Centre. The noise following Ibekwe’s game winning fade away winner sounded more like 14,000.

Kiwis Abroad

Whilst all the talk, quite rightly, has been about the stunning finish to cap the Sky City Breakers fourth NBL Grand Final victory plenty more has been happening in Kiwi basketball circles this week.

Across the Tasman, a couple of hours after the Breakers win, Townsville Fire was closing out the Australian Women’s National Basketball Championship.

Tall Ferns Micaela Cocks and Jillian Harmon and their Townsvile Fire teammates were too good for Bendigo Spirit claiming their first title 75-65. Runners-up in the last two years the Fire made no mistake this time. A decisive 26-16 second quarter did the trick much to the delight of the 2,000 fans in Townsville.

Both players have played key roles coming off the bench for the Fire. Cocks has played a similar role to that of Rhys Carter at the Breakers and Harmon has added the Tai Wesley like forward punch.

The Townsville club has been presented with the keys to the city for their outstanding season.

In the Greek League Dramas, as expected, were too good for bottom placed Panionis, winning 79-72. Rob Loe provided 4pts/5 rebounds/3 assists as Dramas improved their record to 7-12, remaining in 10th spot on the ladder.

There was a huge surprise in the Spanish League as top beat bottom. La Bruixa d’Or Manresa snapped a 4 game losing streak to outlast top of the table Unicaja 8076.  Isaac Fotu scored 8 points and garnered 4 rebounds. The Kiwi forward shot 2/4 from the land of plenty and also scored 2/2 free throws as Manresa shot 20 of 24 freebies on the night to record their best win of the season.

Also in Spain third last Sevilla travelled to second last Fuenlabrada and lost a nail biter 82-81. Kirk Penney was outstanding for Sevilla scoring 17 points – 6/10FG that included 3 from 5 three pointers.

In Germany Jarrod Kenny posted 7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assist as Licher Baeren beat Fraport SKY 67-56 in the German B League South Division on Sunday.

Last but certainly not least Steven Adams made his comeback for the Oklahoma City Thunder in their 108-104 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday (NZ time).

Adams had been absent from the NBA for exactly 4 weeks after breaking a bone in his hand. He came off the bench to contribute 6pts/6rebs/2 blocks as the Thunder improved their record to 35-29.

Tall Ferns Bidding for WNBL Title

Micaela+Cocks+1uyMEi1zc8amMost of the talk in New Zealand basketball circles at the weekend will be about the chances of the Sky City Breakers and their quest to deny North Queensland club, Cairns Taipans their first NBL title. Continue reading

Kiwis Abroad

Basketball - U19 World Champs, New Zealand v Argentina, 2 July 2009Erin Rooney was the only Tall Fern in professional action overseas this week. Unfortunately Arras was defeated in the French championship, 85-66 by Toulouse. This was a surprising result given that Toulouse are sitting 10th on the table and Arras 4th with a 13-7 record. Rooney scored just 3 points and added a solitary rebound and 3 assists in 26 minutes court time. Continue reading

Breakers Play-off Records updated

The Breakers overall record in play-off basketball is 16 wins and 7 losses. Below are the cumulative individual records. Continue reading